OAKLAND — Eric Wamsley scored a game-high 20 points, but it was T.J. Hamrick’s and L.J. Gravelle’s shooting from the line in the fourth period that lifted Tucker County over Southern 43-41 in a hard-fought game at Southern High School.

The Rams, ranked sixth in the Times-News poll, led by three with about five minutes remaining, but the Mountain Lions’ Hamrick was 3-for-4 and Gravelle was 2-for-2 down the stretch that gave them the win.

According to Southern head coach Paul Pacella, Wamsley was the difference, hitting two three-pointers and five two-pointers as well as going 4-for-6 from the line.

“It was a close game all the way,” Pacella said. “We played our tails off.

“We had the final look for a three and it went in and out and that was that.”

The Rams had balanced scoring. Jordan Pacella and Erik Cussins each finished with 10 points and Jeff Stem had eight.

Southern, behind Dan Shockey’s 16 points, won the junior varsity game 39-29. Colton Brusak scored nine for Tucker County.

The Rams (7-10) visits second-ranked Petersburg on Tuesday.

Westmar 43, Bishop Walsh 37

CUMBERLAND — Westmar was able to convert its foul shots down the stretch to escape Cumberland with a six-point win over Bishop Walsh in a back-and-forth game played Friday evening.

Marcus McGinnis posted a game-high 21 points and had all three of his team’s three-point buckets. Sammy Brackett added eight points.

“It was a very exciting game to watch as a spectator,” said BW coach Gene Paul. “They got up in the final few minutes and made enough foul shots to keep us at arm’s length.”

The Wildcats built an early 14-10 lead going into the second quarter, but the Spartans were able to knot the score at 17 by halftime. Westmar held a three-point lead at 27-24 by the end of the third quarter.

Valja Milosavljevic scored 14 points and added nine rebounds to lead Bishop Walsh in both categories.

The junior varsity game was won 45-28 by Westmar. Cody Morton scored 16 points for the Wildcats and Mickey Burkett had nine for the Spartans.

Westmar (3-12) will play at Moorefield on Monday, at 7:30. Bishop Walsh (4-16) will host Frankfort today at 3:30.

Northern 50,Union 30

MOUNT STORM — Northern opened up with a strong defensive effort and was able to limit Union to just nine points in the first half en route to a 50-30 victory over Union Friday evening in Mount Storm.

The Huskies held the Tigers to two first quarter points to lead 11-2 entering the second quarter. By halftime the score was 20-9, and Northern outscored Union 17-8 in the third to push the lead to 20 points (37-17) by the start of the fourth.

Garrett Gulledge scored 14 points to pace the Huskies, while Jeff Smith was able to add eight points. Lucas McMillan contributed seven points.

David Coffren scored 10 points for Union, and Brad Davis had eight rebounds and seven points. Homer Kuhn chipped in with seven points as well.

Northern moves to 8-9 overall and will host Fort Hill on Tuesday. Union (4-11) will play East Hardy at home on Tuesday.

Heritage 48, Calvary 39

CRESAPTOWN — The Heritage Christian Academy Eagles, the top team in the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference, hit some big three-pointers down the stretch to shake an under-manned but ardent Calvary Christian team Friday night at Calvary.

Steve Barthalow led Heritage, of Hagerstown, with 15 points, while Hamilton Stamper hit for 10 points. Both Barthalow and Phil Thurber hit a pair of three-point goals, with two of them separating the Hagerstown-based Eagles from the Cresaptown-based Eagles.

Jordan Peters scored 11 points and Wes Willison scored 10 for Calvary, which was playing without three of its top players.

Calvary took a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, and a 23-17 lead at the half. Heritage tied the score at 29-29 after three, and then outscored Calvary in the fourth, 19-10, taking advantage of the two crucial three-pointers in the fourth quarter.

“Heritage is the number-one team in the conference,” said Calvary head coach Jeremy Strother, “so our guys played a great game. Heritage hit those big threes in the fourth when we were tied, and we never could make up the difference. But our kids never gave up, particularly when you consider we had three guys who couldn’t play.”

In the junior varsity game, Heritage won, 46-25. D.W. Sword scored points for Heritage, while Dustin Snow scored 11 for Calvary (4-6). The Calvary jayvees play Monday, 7 p.m., at Frankfort.

The Calvary varsity (6-9 overall, 3-8 MDCC) will play Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., at Cumberland Valley Christian in Chambersburg, Pa. Heritage is 8-2 in the conference.

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